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CN BC: Editorial: Drug War Continues To Rage In Province

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
The Daily Courier, 26 Apr 2016 - British Columbia has become the first province in Canada to declare a public-health emergency because of fentanyl-related deaths. Dr. Perry Kendall, the provincial health officer, took this step after fatalities associated with the prescription painkiller surged. In B.C., 76 people died in January. If these fatality rates remain constant, as many as 900 British Columbians could die in 2016.

CN AB: Concrete Company Worries About Working With Increased Pot

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 26 Apr 2016 - Legalizing marijuana may result in more impaired workers on the job, says a local concrete contractor. "We have enough dealing with present drugs and alcohol. We don't need marijuana too," said Dean Brown, project manager, Mudrack Concrete Ltd.

CN AB: Editorial: What Will New Pot Laws Look Like?

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 07:00
Lethbridge Herald, 26 Apr 2016 - The history of our Crowsnest Pass communities is replete with stories of Prohibition adventures and misadventures. One event even inspired an opera! Today, those stories offer more than entertainment, or a hit of nostalgia. They're also somewhat instructive, as Canadians look to the end of another form of prohibition.

Canada: Feds Warned Of Risks To Pot Regime

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
The Record, 25 Apr 2016 - Internal Documents Flag Organized Crime Infiltration As Urgent Issue To Confront OTTAWA - Legalizing marijuana won't automatically make Canada's black market for weed go up in smoke or banish organized crime, warns a draft federal discussion paper on regulation of the drug.

US MI: More Suspects Arrested In Connection To March 10

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
Petoskey News-Review, 25 Apr 2016 - GAYLORD - Two more suspects were arrested Friday follow the March 10 Otsego County medical marijuana dispensary raids, bringing the total arrest number to four. According to Detective Lt. Ken Mills, unit commander for the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (SANE) team, a 21-year-old male and a 56-year-old male, both owners of Gaylord medical marijuana dispensaries, were arrested Friday.

US MA: Overwhelmed by Overdoses, Clinic Offers a Room for Highs

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 26 Apr 2016 - It has become a grim workplace routine: the "code blue" crackling over the loudspeaker. The all-hands-on-deck emergency response. Then, in more than half the calls, the discovery of a nonresponsive person - - blue lips, shallow breathing, and constricted pupils, all telltale signs of a drug overdose. "It's happening everywhere," said Dr. Jessie Gaeta, chief medical officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, headquartered in the South End neighborhood infamously nicknamed Methadone Mile.

US DC: DC 'Bud Summit' A Bit Of A Buzz Kill

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Apr 2016 - Marijuana Advocates Had Hoped to Speak With Obama, Got Staffers It took a pot-smoking protest outside the White House, but on Monday, advocates for marijuana legalization were set for a historic face-to-face meeting with the Obama administration about easing laws governing the drug. Except, it wasn't. Leaders of the ballot-measure fight that legalized marijuana in the nation's capital said they were granted a White House meeting, but it was with two junior-level staffers in President Obama's Office of National Drug Control Policy.

US: Study Details Jailed Parents' Effects On Families

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
Washington Post, 26 Apr 2016 - Communities should be strengthened by "minimizing the economic and social effects of incarceration," the report's authors write. Nearly 6 percent of children in Maryland have a parent in prison or jail, which makes it more likely that they will struggle academically, live in poverty, and have other social or psychological problems that could plague them for life.

CN BC: Column: Getting Blunt On The Legalization Of Weed

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Penticton Western, 22 Apr 2016 - It's not easy being green, man. However, thanks to a cheekily-timed announcement by Health Minister Jane Philpott on April 20, the international cannabis-infused counterculture holiday and coincidentally Hitler's birthday, it may be getting a bit easier.

CN BC: Pro-Harm Reduction Victoria Cop Awarded $20,000

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Vancouver 24hours, 25 Apr 2016 - A Victoria police officer who was repeatedly told by management to limit his public views on drug policy has been awarded $20,000 by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Const. David Bratzer's run-ins with senior officers in his department began after he joined The Law Enforcement Against Prohibition advocacy group in 2007.

CN ON: Editorial: This Isn't The Better Way

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 25 Apr 2016 - Randomly testing workers is unjustified since the transit commission already conducts fairly extensive screening If the Toronto Transit Commission had proof of a serious drug or alcohol problem among its staff - something putting public safety at significant risk - it would have good reason to institute mandatory screening for impairment. But that's not the case.

CN BC: West Kelowna Businessman Embracing Medicinal Marijuana

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Kelowna Capital News, 22 Apr 2016 - West Kelowna resident Neil Young loves to be immersed in the community and to help people. A former hotel industry worker, Young, 29, has taken that love of people to a new initiative that is aimed at helping people who are facing a variety of health concerns.

US: Column: Early Lessons From Marijuana Legalization In

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Reason Online, 25 Apr 2016 - A New Report From The State Department Of Public Safety Considers The Consequences. When the Canadian Parliament considered decriminalizing marijuana possession in 2003, U.S. officials loudly objected. They complained that the proposed reform would betray the anti-drug cause, worried that it would encourage drug tourism and facilitate marijuana smuggling, and threatened to respond with a border crackdown that would impede trade and travel between the two countries.

US OR: Christen Ties Cannabis To Economic Development

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Grants Pass Daily Courier, 23 Apr 2016 - Shayne Christen is a man of few words. Asked what he would do about economic development, if he were elected to the Josephine County Board of Commissioners, he replied, "We need to do something about more jobs. There's a lot of possibilities."

US OR: La Pine Weighs Allowing Indoor Pot Growing At

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
The Bulletin, 24 Apr 2016 - Growers Have Inquired About Putting In Structures For Raising Marijuana At The Park The city of La Pine is attempting to refine its zoning ordinance to allow for indoor agriculture on industrial land in anticipation of marijuana being grown there.

US NY: Editorial: Rethink the Global War on Drugs

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 25 Apr 2016 - At the urging of Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia, world leaders met at the United Nations in a special session last week to discuss saner ways to fight the drug trade. They did not get very far toward a shift in approach. Nonetheless, there was a consensus that investing in health care, addiction treatment and alternatives to incarceration would do more to end the drug trade than relying primarily on prohibition and criminalization. "A war that has been fought for more than 40 years has not been won," President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said in an interview. "When you do something for 40 years and it doesn't work, you need to change it."

US MA: Column: Legalized Marijuana Is Too Much, Too Soon

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 25 Apr 2016 - When I think about the prospect of legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts, I surprise myself by sounding like my father. Cannabis tourism? THC-infused lip balm? "Budz and sudz" crawls? What is the world coming to? The combination of vice and capitalism is a powerful one, so it might be expected that entrepreneurs are rushing to market these artisanal highs. In Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana, cannabis concierge services are thriving, from ganja yoga retreats to weed weddings. Sales nearly hit $1 billion last year, with the state raking in tax and licensing fees of $135 million.

CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Reopens

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Campbell River Mirror, 20 Apr 2016 - WeeMedical, a Campbell River medical marijuana dispensary raided by police last Thursday, is back open for business this week - with more limited stock. "We're just sticking with the edibles at the moment and we're going to get through this and we're wanting to stay," said Joel Wilson, one of the partners in WeeMedical which opened its doors on April 1. "So we're going to be going through and working with the council and the police and we've got to look at all the other towns that are going through this.

CN MB: Smokers Anticipate Feds' Legalization

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 21 Apr 2016 - POT advocates called for marijuana legalization at Wednesday's 4/20 festivities, but it could be the last time they have to. A group of weed smokers clouded up downtown and gathered at the Manitoba legislature to celebrate the herb. The usual premise of 4/20 is to encourage politicians to look into either legalizing or decriminalizing the drug, but now that Justin Trudeau is prime minister, that could change.

CN BC: Legalization Likely To End Pot Counterculture

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 21 Apr 2016 - VANCOUVER - Stoner subculture will likely take a hit with the incoming legalization of marijuana in Canada because as the cause vanishes, so will celebration of the drug, say experts. The declaration comes as the federal government announced a spring 2017 deadline for introducing new marijuana laws and while thousands of people gathered across Canada for the annual April 20 'Weed Day' protest, also known as 4-20.

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